sensitize ( sensitizes 3rd person present) ( sensitizing present participle) ( sensitized past tense & past participle )
in BRIT, also use sensitise
1 verb If you sensitize people to a particular problem or situation, you make them aware of it.
FORMAL It seems important to sensitize people to the fact that depression is more than the blues... V n to n
How many judges in our male-dominated courts are sensitized to women's issues? V-ed, Also V n
2 verb If a substance is sensitizedto something such as light or touch, it is made sensitive to it.
Skin is easily irritated, chapped, chafed, and sensitized. be V-ed
...sensitised nerve endings. V-ed
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